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Band of the Hand (1986)

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Five juvenile lost causes are sent to the Everglades where a war veteran tries to reform them using survival tactics. Their new skills and resolve are tested when a Miami drug lord targets them for trying to clean up their neighborhood.


Leo Garen, Jack Baran
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Lang ... Joe
Michael Carmine ... Ruben
Lauren Holly ... Nikki
John Cameron Mitchell ... J.L.
Danny Quinn ... Carlos (as Daniele Quinn)
Leon ... Moss (as Leon Robinson)
Al Shannon Al Shannon ... Dorcey
Danton Stone ... Aldo
Paul Calderon ... Tito
Laurence Fishburne ... Cream (as Larry Fishburne)
James Remar ... Nestor
Tony Bolano Tony Bolano ... Felix
Frank Gilbert Frank Gilbert ... Antoine
Erla Julmiste Erla Julmiste ... Celeste
Deborah King Deborah King ... Yvette


In an attempt of resocialisation, five hopeless juvenile criminals, J.L., a silent boy with 80s fashion sense who murdered his abusive father, Ruben, a Latino gangbanger, Moss, a African American gangbanger and Ruben's mortal enemy, Dorcey, an illiterate runaway car thief, and Carlos, a Cuban refugee turned slick yuppie drug dealer, are sent away from prison into the Everglades for a survival training under Vietnam war veteran, "Indian Joe" Tegra. When this is successful, they move back to Miami slums. However this offends the former illegal inhabitants of the rundown two story house they settle in, all loyal customers of drug baron Cream. The conflict escalates into a bloody gunfight, but what the boys don't know is that Cream is just a henchman for the merciless Miami drug lord Nestor, who also has Carlos' girl Nikki with him. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They're back on the mean streets. But this time, they're the good guys.


Action | Crime | Drama


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Did You Know?


Leon (I) (Moss) shot to international fame when he appeared in Madonna (I)'s music video for her hit song "Like a Prayer". After his star turn in Cool Runnings (1993) alongside John Candy he opted to drop his last name and worked simply as Leon. See more »


Nikki fires two rapid-fire shots from a pump shotgun without reloading. See more »


Joe: One sharp knife can feed you, clothe you, keep you warm and dry.
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Featured in The Seventh Sign (1988) See more »


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Written by Rick Shaffer and Bruce Cohen
Performed by The Reds
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User Reviews

Reformed juvenile delinquents wage a war on drugs. Funny as hell.
23 July 2005 | by frodog23See all my reviews

Good story, good acting, good music. Oh, and it's freakin' hilarious. I first saw this movie as a kid with friends and we loved it for the hilarious lines and characters. Now as i watch it at age 24 i still love it. Its one of those movies that has so much unintentional comedy that its such a pleasure to watch.

And the cast isn't to shabby either. You can even find Lawrence Fishburn, credited as Larry Fishburn, playing a coke peddling pimp. I highly recommend this film.

And if for nothing else, watch this movie to see Lauren Holly attempt to pronounce "brujeria."

"I keep askin', where's the facility?" - Ruben Pacheco

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Release Date:

11 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Band of the Hand See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »


Box Office


$8,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,235,720, 13 April 1986

Gross USA:


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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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